Believe it or not, you don’t have to have vast experience or qualifications to embark on a career in social care. Instead, employers are much more impressed by the right attitude, your core values and the way you approach the role.
This makes the social care sector easily accessible to people who genuinely want to make a positive impact on the lives of others.
Whether you’re at the start of your career or looking for a change of direction, a job in social care could be the perfect option for you and it comes with huge opportunities for training and development.
All employers within the health and social care sector will offer an onboarding process for any new starter which will bring you up to speed with how they expect you to conduct yourself, what your role will entail and any internal processes you might need to follow. This is a good grounding for anyone starting in a new job and is also an opportunity to highlight any skills or knowledge gaps that you may need additional support within the early stages of your career. Although most onboarding phases are usually tailored to an individual employer or workplace, they generally include an induction as well as basic skills and compliance training which will set you in good stead for a long term career in the sector.
On The Job Learning
Most of the skills and experience you will learn in a social care environment will be learnt on the job. In the early stages of your career, you may be partnered with a more experienced worker or offered a mentor, both of which are fantastic ways to learn from someone who has long term experience and knowledge of the sector. With no two days ever being the same in this line of work, employers are looking for someone with a willingness to learn, someone who is caring and empathetic and someone with a can-do attitude so if you have these qualities you’re already half way there. The best way to approach on the job learning is to be open minded and willing to absorb as much information as you can. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, your colleagues will be more than happy to help you to develop your confidence and understanding.
A career in social care comes with a huge range of opportunities when it comes to further training. Many people are unaware of the vast number of varied roles the sector has to offer from Support Worker to Senior Care Worker, Care Coordinator, right up to Registered Nurse and management opportunities. The possibilities really are endless. With so much demand for talent in the sector, if you are committed and want to progress, employers are generally willing to invest in your personal development and career advancement in the long term. The care sector is always continuously evolving meaning new and exciting roles are regularly created. What ever your interest and strengths are there will be a role for you and the opportunity to excel in it.
If you are looking for a rewarding career that offers job security, a clear pathway to progress and that gives you a huge sense of personal achievement knowing you’re helping others then a career in social care is for you.
We have a range of roles available spanning all levels and can support you with advice and training to get into the sector.
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